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Electrolyte Replacement

  • Morning Ride with Vitalyte!

    Morning Ride with VitalyteWe do a ride every Wednesday morning. Last Wednesday I started up Mt Lemmon without having breakfast. It's only a 23 mile ride from my house but I had eaten a lot the night before. I start my morning ride with Vitalyte in my bottles, usually the Grape or Fruit punch flavored. I also now take the Chia Surge with me, just one is all you'll need. I got to mile post 3 and was feeling quite hungry.  I had finished most of my bottle of Vitalyte and remembered the Chia Surge in my pocket. I had that with more drink and continued to Molino Basin another 2.75 miles up with no problems. I have to admit, this Chia Surge is the best gel I have ever used. It just seems to give me that little extra kick.

     

    By the way, I'm the one with the bottle in hand and blue jersey on.

    By: Garry Segarman

  • Unexpected Benefits of Hydration

    all-natural-sports-drinkWe all know how important hydration is for maintaining good health, but staying hydrated has benefits far and beyond what you may expect. Here are some of the unexpected benefits of staying hydrated to keep in mind!

    Increasing your cognitive function: A study from King’s College in London found that long periods of dehydration could impair brain functions like planning and spatial relations. The first clue we often get that we are dehydrated is the failure to think clearly. Unfortunately as a result we don't always make the connection that the impaired cognitive function is a sign that we have not been getting enough fluids. Experts suggest that staying hydrated can increase your brain's performance by up to 30 percent!

    For Weight Reduction: When the kidneys are operating effectively they help the liver to burn excess fat and turn it into energy. When we are dehydrated our kidneys do not function effectively and are unable to aid in the process of breaking down body fat into energy. Consuming healthy quantities of fluids can help prevent those pesky fat deposits from forming and aid in maintaining a healthy weight.

    For Healthy Hair: When hair loses moisture it becomes dry, brittle and dull. This can be a particular problem in the winter when the air is more dry. Your hair needs to stay hydrated, and apart from deep conditioning and taking extra care externally, your hair needs to be treated from within, through consumption of a balanced diet and plenty of fluids.

    For Glowing Skin: Hydration is essential to preserving skin moisture and providing nutrients for the skin cells. Staying hydrated allows skin to retain its elasticity, helping to prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. If you notice that your skin is cracking in the dry air try drinking a glass or two of Vitalyte in addition to applying lotion to help your skin retain moisture.

    Being hydrated doesn't just help us to feel good and stay active, it allows us to think clearly and look our best. Vitalyte Electrolyte Replacement is absorbed quickly, to promptly chase away those symptoms of dehydration and help contribute to quick thinking, weight reduction, healthy hair, and that gorgeous skin!

    By: Poorvi Adavi

  • Not Your Typical Runner

    Berea Thompson -- Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

    Each race we host along the Huntington Beach bike trail teaches me something about running, and the HB Ocean Run on May 17th did once again!

    If you looked at the crowd of 50 people standing on the beach that day, you would have thought maybe they were meeting for a beach clean up, or possibly a group book club, or maybe some sort of AA support group (they actually host these meetings down by Beach Blvd), but you probably wouldn’t have thought they were all athletes about to run their hearts out for a 5k, 10k 15k, or a half-marathon! That’s because they didn’t look like societies “stero-typical” runner.

    Before getting into the racing scene (running in local non-profit 5k fundraiser, joining the craziness at big Rock ‘n Roll Marathons and then eventually hosting my own races) I would have told someone a typical runner is a single 22 year old that’s super tall, a model of fitness, geared up in Nike DriFIT, and prances like a gazelle when running (and their hair flowing all the same). But I would have been totally wrong!

    If you look at national survey data by runningusa.org they found the typical female runner is married of the age 39, 5’5”, 140 lb and motivated to run in order to stay in shape. The typical male runner is married of the age 44, 5’10”, 174 lb and also motivated to run in order to stay in shape. Although their favorite running apparel is Nike, I had everything else wrong!

    I’m glad my stereotypical view of a runner was wrong! I see every age, race, size, and shape at our races and I love it, because running is for everyone! The fastest 5k runner at the Ocean Run was a 66 year old man. The second fastest half marathon runner was a 45 year old woman. And the 10k neck and neck race to the finish was between two men well above their 20’s :)

    All you need to do to be a runner is to strap on a pair of shoes and hit the pavement. It doesn’t matter the distance you go or the speed you travel as long as you are out there giving it your all and enjoying every minute. Besides, with Vitalytes greatest Electrolyte Drink you will feel just like that gazelle runner!

  • Utah Rock Climbing

    Jackie Hueftle -- Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

    I recently celebrated my 32nd birthday. This birthday was special for me in a few ways, perhaps mostly because now I have been climbing for half my life. As noted in my previous post I began climbing around my 16th birthday. Since then climbing has become the center around which my life revolves.

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    In the end of March I flew to Las Vegas to meet up with my boyfriend Chris and attend the Red Rocks Rendezvous. In this annual event pro climbers teach clinics on all aspects ofclimbing, and Chris was scheduled to teach several bouldering clinics. Even though I live in dry Colorado, the Vegas desert is even drier and more demanding and I was grateful I’d packed some Vitalyte to keep me hydrated when we went bouldering and taught clinics in Calico Basin.

    From Vegas we headed to Zion National Park in Utah. Zion is a dramatic and beautiful canyon full of stunning red sandstone walls that seem to reach to the sky. I’d never been to Zion and I wanted to see something new for my birthday so we drove out there and explored the canyon before spending a the night in the very full campground with some friendly Coloradans who offered to share their site with us.

    The next day was cold and windy with a prediction of rain or snow so we bid adieu to our new friends and drove out the other end of Zion toward Bryce Canyon National Park.

    IMG_9511I grew up reading Edward Abbey novels and though I’ve spent time around Moab, Lake Powell, and Indian Creek, I’d never actually seen the rest of Southern Utah that I’ve read so much about. Bryce Canyon’s first overlook is the stunning Bryce Amphitheater (PIC), and were it a bit warmer we would have liked to explore it. As it was we decided to continue on and took the scenic Highway 12 north and east toward Capital Reef National Park.

    There’s a lot of beautiful land in Utah and the rock formations in and out of the parks were extraordinary. We saw petroglyphs, pictographs, ancient and still-operating ranches, rivers, and lots and lots of crazy rock formations. As climbers, there was potential everywhere. As travelers, we were glad to have Vitalyte to drink because it’s easy to get dehydrated on long car rides and Vitalyte is a quick and tasty way to get yourself back on the right side of hydration.

    IMG_9489Finally we ended up in the mountains where we had a somewhat scary drive through a snowstorm on a muddy ranch road and found some great camping and climbing high above the valley floor. We enjoyed a few days of complete isolation in which we saw nobody and didn’t even have cell service as we explored the boulders. The weather was mixed, with several snowstorms blowing through and blue skies in between. The wind was taxing on the middle day, and in the afternoon we were forced to retreat to the car where we ate soup and drank Vitalyte as an afternoon snack to help us recover from the harsh conditions. The last day in the mountains was the worst weather-wise, and instead of staying the night and risking getting suck on the muddy road again we packed up during a dry spell and bailed to the nearest burger stand. From there we drove to a camp spot we know, low and dry, and then the next morning home to Boulder. All in all it was a great birthday week. I saw lots of new things, did some climbing, and had a nice vacation from work and from my cell phone. Now I’m back home and back at work, but I can’t wait for my next adventure!

  • Hydrating Enough?

    Cielo Acosta - Vitalyte Brand Ambassador

    I am passionate about hydration, that's the best way to describe it.  I spent 8 1/2 years as a Seattle bike messenger before I was a runner and a firefighter which accustomed me to what I think of as my steam engine metabolism. I need a near constant intake of water along with quality foods, primarily heathy carbs or I become tired and run down. I feel I have to be constantly throwing fuel into my fire otherwise my body grinds to a halt, however if I am hydrating and eating well I can expect high extended performance which is what I aim for. I like my fluids, I need my fluids, I am sensitive to my body's need to be adequately hydrated and water is my beverage of choice. Unfortunately water isn't always enough.

    It disturbs me to hear studies say up to 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated but I believe it. I see an increase in coffee consumption and soda consumption both of which can be dehydrating. People believe since they are drinking fluids they must be hydrating themselves when really it is the opposite. I've talked to people who seldom drink water at all. The human body is about 60% water. What happens when you aren't meeting your hydration needs? A host of problems. Our bodies need water to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients, in addition it detoxifies the liver and kidneys. Lack of water can contribute to an array of medical issues, like fatigue, joint pain, weight gain, headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, kidney disease and so on.

    The commonly used recommendation of 8 8oz glasses doesn't hold true for everyone but it is a good place to start. Everybody has different activity levels, sizes and shapes which influence hydration needs. Keeping track of your intake for a week can be a good start. Sometimes people think they are drinking more than they actually are so keeping a hydration diary can be great for obtaining an awareness of where you are.

    I am constantly evaluating and reassessing my hydration needs. I was thrilled to be selected as a brand ambassador for Vitalyte, a company that produces sports nutrition products with ingredients more natural than what you find in other company's products. I appreciate the lack of artificial coloring and corn syrup and it works. When I compete and work I do so most often in my fire gear. The gear adds 50 pounds and is very insulating. I loose a lot of water through sweat when wearing my gear due to activity and heat stress. I need more than water to keep hydrated and balanced. That's why when I was first introduced to Vitalyte's electrolyte replacement powder I jumped on it. It can easily be added to hydration packs and water bottles and is quickly absorbed. I did a marathon last year in full fire gear with SCBA pack and suffered from mild hyponatremia which is a sodium imbalance, I was drinking mostly water and not enough electrolytes, it was a very uncomfortable and scary experience and took a couple days in bed and lots of pediatric electrolyte replacement beverage to get my system back in balance. I realized then I couldn't drink plain water in my gear events. Now I pack my bottles and hydration pack with Vitalyte, the last marathon in my gear I felt great.

    Today I did the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb, a fundraising event for Leukemia and Lymphoma, I climbed 69 floors of stairs in full fire gear on air from my SCBA in 18:59. I not only lost water through sweat but through respiration. I drank about 34 oz of water with Vitalyte electrolyte replacement powder and 17 oz of water with the Tri-phase enduarance before my climb. I notice a reduction in muscular fatigue when I use Vitalyte products and I feel hydrated, I don't get the water panic I used to get when I was drinking just water because my body is getting the electrolytes it needs.

    Hydration can be a tricky thing to figure out because it is so individual but for me Vitalyte's products make it easier and keep me healthier so I can do the things I want to do.

  • Electrolyte Replacement Drinks vs Fruit Juices

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    When you find electrolyte replacement drinks for sale on your local store shelf, what do you see?  Many people view them as nothing more than fancy fruit juices. But there are some very important distinctions to be made between fruit juices and electrolyte drinks. At Vitalyte, we specialize in some of the best, expertly-formulated electrolyte drinks available, like our Complete Recovery and Tri-Phase Endurance. Check them out for yourself and see what sets them apart from your average fruit juices, and even your average electrolyte replacement drinks.

    Fruit Juices

    A fruit juice is a generic term for any sweet, fruit-flavored or fruit-based drink. Fruit juices must be derived—at least in small part—from natural juices, while fruit-flavored sodas rely on carbonation and artificial flavors. The most prominent ingredients in a fruit juice may be natural or artificial, and may include sugar or artificial sweeteners. In general, a fruit juice may contain a few vitamins or minerals, but it is not specifically designed to promote health or athletic performance. Quite often, fruit juices are just loaded with empty calories, comparable to soft drinks.

    Electrolyte Replacement Drinks

    Electrolyte replacement drinks, like fruit juices, often rely on fruit flavors, sometimes natural and sometimes artificial. Electrolyte replacement drinks do not require fruit flavoring, but these flavors tend to make the drinks more enjoyable, and natural fruits provide essential vitamins and minerals that promote good health.

    Just to be clear, not all electrolyte replacement drinks are the same. One of the reasons why the “electrolyte drinks vs fruit juice” debate is so confusing is because many poor quality electrolyte drinks offer little more than your typical supermarket fruit juice. The only difference is that the electrolyte drinks are specifically equipped with electrically-charged minerals that the body needs, like sodium and potassium. Aside from that, a poor quality electrolyte drink may consist of little more than sugar and water.

    Choosing an Electrolyte Drink

    When shopping for electrolyte drinks, always check the ingredients. Make sure that the drink has plenty of vitamins, minerals and natural ingredients, and only a minimal amount of sugar. If you need some ideas for high-quality electrolyte drinks, check out our Complete Recovery and Tri-Phase Endurance, both of which have everything you need, and none of the junk that pollutes most commercial energy drinks and sports drinks.

    So shop today and get the best in electrolyte replacement drinks. Whether you’re a hard-sweating athlete or just someone looking for a delicious, nutritious beverage, Vitalyte has what you need to stay hydrated and maintain peak performance. Shop now.

  • Electrolytes, Drinks for Energy

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    The word “electrolytes” is frequently tossed around in athletic environments as well as nutrition circles, but what exactly is an electrolyte, and what does it mean for you? To sum it up briefly, electrolytes are minerals contained in your blood in other bodily fluids that carry an electric charge, hence the name.

    Why Do I Need Electrolytes?

    Maybe you’ve heard the term “electrolyte replacement.”  When you sweat, your body loses electrolytes, and electrolyte drinks serve the function of replacing those lost electrolytes. Common electrolytes in the body include magnesium, chloride, calcium, phosphorous, sodium and potassium. Electrolytes are essential because they affect the amount of water in your body, as well as the acidity (pH) of your blood and your muscle function.

    If your body has an electrolyte deficiency, it can’t function at peak performance. That’s why you so commonly see athletes drinking sports drinks. Electrolyte replacement ensures that electrolyte levels remain where they should be.  But electrolytes aren’t just important for athletes. As MedicineNet puts it, “the balance of the electrolytes in our bodies is essential for normal function of our cells and our organs.”

    Electrolytes, Drinks That Work

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    There are a lot of electrolyte replacement drinks out there, but not all of them offer the same quality ingredients and benefits. At Vitalyte, we devote ourselves tirelessly to developing and manufacturing the tastiest and most nutritiously beneficial electrolyte drinks on the market.

    The Vitalyte story goes back more than 30 years, when long-time marathon runner and biochemist Bill Gookin became disillusioned with the poor quality of sports drinks available. Since that time, Bill has dedicated himself to developing a higher class of electrolyte replacement products, and Vitalyte is the full realization of that vision.

    Whether you’re a professional athlete, a casual runner or just a health-conscious consumer, Vitalyte products have everything you need to keep your electrolytes in balance.

    Try Vitalyte Today

    At Vitalyte, we take great pride in the time and care that we put into each product, because we understand the important of electrolytes, and the importance of good nutrition. Our products are also delicious, and we encourage you to check out the full line. With flavors like Zesty Orange and Cool Citrus, you can find just the right variety to soothe your taste buds while promoting your energy, endurance and vitality. Check out the full line of electrolytes drinks today.

  • The Vitalyte Edge

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    It seems that the sports drink choices in your local supermarket or convenience store are virtually endless. With so many colors, flavors, bottle sizes, and advertised functions, how does one choose the right energy drink?  We say go with the best and here’s how you figure out which one of those drinks is the best.

    Imagine that you are standing in front of one of those shelves at the local supermarket trying to decide which endurance drink is right for you.  This process of elimination will help narrow down your choices. Every time drinks are eliminated, the shelf gets smaller and smaller.

    Artificial  - If it’s got anything artificial in it, it has to go. Sweeteners, colors, any ingredient that is artificial gets put on the chopping block. This is by far the biggest category of products you should not be drinking. If the drink is neon in color, throw it out. If it has artificial sweeteners, throw it out. If its flavors come from artificial sources, you guessed it… toss it.

    Sodium – Now that a major chunk of your choices are gone, that shelf should be looking a lot smaller. Now we have to get into the nitty gritty of sports drinks to decide what has the potential to be a good nutritional drink. Sodium is the next biggest category to eliminate. Traditional sports nutrition logic suggests that a body needs massive amounts of sodium to help stay hydrated. While sodium is necessary to help transport other key electrolytes into the cell, too much of it is bad. So anything that has a sodium potassium ratio of more than 3 to 1 gets tossed out. Go with low sodium products!

    Potassium – Now the shelf should be looking really bare. You are going to be down to a handful of sports and hydration drinks. Now that we have thrown out the high sodium drinks, it’s time to throw out the high potassium drinks. This is only really found in Coconut Water. Currently coconut water is under a great deal of scrutiny regarding its supposed false claims about its electrolyte content. Regardless of its true content, coconut water is incredibly high in potassium. Potassium is moved in and out of the cells with the help of sodium so the same logic that forced us to get rid of the high sodium drinks, also requires that we get rid of the high potassium drinks. Your body needs a proper ratio of all electrolytes to function properly.

    Sugar Source – We are really down to slim pickings on our shelf and what is left represents some of the healthier sports products available on the market. Now it’s time to talk about efficiency. Drinks use all sorts of sweeteners to make them enjoyable but the right sweeteners also act as a transport mechanism for electrolytes. The wrong sweeteners slow down the process of electrolyte absorption causing more waste. Glucose is your body’s natural sugar and any food product that is taken in has to be converted to glucose before being used as a fuel source. By drinking products that have glucose in them, you ultimately increase the absorption rate and time of electrolytes by removing the unnecessary processing of other sugar sources.

    Taste – Finally there is taste. If a product tastes bad, you’re not going to be inclined to drink it. So by removing the hundreds of the products that don’t meetour criteria for a healthy sports drink, you should be left with only one choice, VITALYTE Electrolyte Replacement. For over 40 years the very best athletes in the world have turned to Vitalyte as their drink of choice.

  • Coconut Water: Friend or Foe?

    Coconut water- Friend or Foe?If you have stepped into a health food store in the last couple of years, or a regular grocery store in the last few months, you have undoubtedly been bombarded by coconut water displays. It seems that there is a new coconut water brand popping up every day.

    If you believe the media hype, coconut water is the best electrolyte replacement drink in the market, boasting “15 times the electrolytes of sports drinks.”

    So is coconut water really that great of an electrolyte replacement? An answer to that very same question was recently pursued by ConsumerLab.com and the answer isn’t exactly what the makers of all those brands were hoping for. In fact, that report by ConsumerLab.com was the catalyst for a pending lawsuit against Vita Coco, the biggest coconut water brand on the market.

    The lawsuit cites the study, which found “at least some” Vita Coco flavors had significantly less sodium and magnesium than advertised. Hmmm.

    The other question not specifically answered by the ConsumerLab.com study concerns the nutritional benefit of coconut water. The sporting community has gone to great lengths to understand the delicate balance of electrolytes necessary for optimal hydration. Coconut water may have 15 times the potassium of other sports drinks, but without a proper ratio of sodium—which acts as a transport mechanism for other electrolytes—all you have is a really expensive bottle of potassium.

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